The 10 oldest companies in the world

Oldest company in the world


Below you can find a list with the 10 oldest companies in the world (double-checked data with sources).

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  1. Kongō Gumi (founded in the year 578): This Japanese construction company specialized in building Buddhist temples and shrines for centuries before being acquired by a larger construction company in 2006.
  2. Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (founded in the year 705): This Japanese inn has been in operation since the 8th century. It has been in the same family’s hands for over 50 generations.
  3. St. Peter Stifts Kulinarium (founded in the year 803): This Austrian restaurant has been serving food since the 9th century. It is located in the city of Salzburg.
  4. Staffelter Hof Winery (founded in the year 862): This German winery has been producing wine since the 9th century. It is located in the Moselle region and has been managed by several generations of the same family.
  5. Tanaka Iga (founded in the year 885): This Japanese company has been engaged in paper manufacturing since the 9th century. It has been producing traditional Japanese paper for over a thousand years.
  6. The Royal Mint (founded in the year 886): The UK’s Royal Mint, established in the 9th century, continues to coin money in the British country.
  7. Sean’s Bar (founded in the year 900): This Irish pub has been in operation since the year 900 AD.
  8. The Château de Goulaine (founded around the year 1000): This winery and castle in France, owned by the Goulaine family since the year 1000 AD, has been producing wines and liquors for centuries.
  9. Barone Ricasoli (founded in the year 1141): This Italian winery has been in operation since the 12th century and is known for its production of Chianti wine. The Ricasoli family has been involved in winemaking for 32 generations.
  10. The Sudo Honke Brewery (founded in the year 1141): This Japanese brewery was founded in the 12th century and has been producing sake for over 870 years. The company remains in the same family’s ownership.



  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Kongō Gumi. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). St. Peter Stiftskulinarium. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Staffelter Hof. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Tanaka-Iga. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Royal Mint. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Sean’s bar. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Château de Goulaine. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Bettino Ricasoli. Available [HERE].
  • Wikipedia.org (2023). Sudo Honke. Available [HERE].
  • 撮影者 不明< (1930). Kongo Gumi workers in early 20th century. Retrieved from Wikimedia Commons. Original available [HERE].

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